The latest episode of ‘Koffee with Karan’ Season 6 featuring the young Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul has been pulled down from Hotstar’s website and app as it has received tremendous criticism from most of the cricketing fans. Pandya’s comments on the show were termed as “racist”, “misogynistic” and “sexist.”
During the show, Pandya was heard saying, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.”
On the show, Hardik boasted about hooking up with multiple women and also how open he has been about it with his parents. After severe criticism on social media, Pandya issue a public apology on the social media for his mistake and said he “got carried away.” He even apologized in his response to the show cause notice issued by the BCCI.
Talking about the controversy, BCCI CoA chief Vinod Rai said, “I am not convinced with Hardik’s explanation and I have recommended a two-match ban for both players. However, the final decision will be taken once Diana gives her to go ahead. Diana has sought legal opinion whether the duo can be banned. So, obviously, a decision will be taken once she gives her nod. As far as I am concerned, the comments were crass, in bad taste and unacceptable.”
It will be interesting to see whether the duo gets banned or not. The three-match ODI series between Australia and India will begin from tomorrow onwards.
During his pre-match press conference ahead of the first ODI against Australia in Sydney, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli clarified that controversial comments made by Pandya and Rahul which has left them facing a suspension, are not acceptable and the personal opinions are not the view of the India team. He said, “We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don’t align with those views, those were individual opinions.”